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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 12, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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  • Summary: The Henrickson clan open their new casino, and Bill aims for an even more ambitious plan for himself.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    Paxton's supported by a vast cast of vivid characters waging holy battle while chasing the almighty dollar. [11 Jan 2010, p.41]
  2. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    The financial stakes get considerably higher this season. Bill's new "casino and family fun center" results in briefcases full of cash.
  3. 80
    It's entertainment. And, as entertainment, it clearly fulfills its function.
  4. 70
    On a scene-by-scene basis, this is a truly great show. Great actors working with a great script and bringing these really beautiful, thoughtful exchanges alive....But the big picture of Big Love, the overarching narrative, is weaker than these scenes would suggest.
  5. 63
    When the show returns Sunday night, it's all business and not much pleasure for the Henrickson clan--and, in some ways, for us viewers, as well.
  6. All of the wives are more interesting than their husband. Paxton's character remains a problem for me and, as the pole on which this tent depends, a crucial one.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    HBO probably wants us to regard it as brilliant layering. But viewers who have three previous seasons' investment deserve Big Love's original (and more linear) sense of twisted heart and dark metaphor. Even the actors look alternately confused and pooped, empty shells of the characters they used to play.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. LindaW.
    Jan 28, 2010
    Good show, but it just pisses me off how short the seasons are, and how long you have to wait until the next one.
  2. PaulR.
    Jan 12, 2010
    A disappointing season opener to a show we've grown to expect will be stellar. Overstuffed to the point of confusion--you have an entire season, people, slow down!--it reaches its nadir when detailing the preparation for the grand opening of the casino in ludicrous unreality. Get this: When the night's star, Kenny Rogers, is waylaid by weather, the oldest Hendrickson son's garage band just happens to be ready to play a set of casino-themed songs, and instantly! You expect the band to sprout mouse ears and have Annette Funicello join them as a guest star... Expand

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